multinational force iraq into a single unified command. , the national parliamentary elections on march 7, and which 11.5 million iraqis, both young and old, from north to south, east to west, freely exercise the most basic right of democracy. i have witnessed the continued improvement of iraqi security forces and their capabilities, which resulted in a drawdown of our forces, which feature the withdrawal of just over 100,000 personnel, over 40,000 vehicles, and nearly 2 million pieces of equipment, all without incident. that defines a certain level of security. and now today marks the end of operation iraqi freedom and the beginning of operation you done, new dawn.